Countries of the North Atlantic Commonwealth to respect consensus with Russia about a ban on the construction of bases along its borders, said the commander of land forces of the USA in the European Union General Ben Hodges in conversation with the publication Defense News.
"The Alliance respects the Founding act between Russia and NATO, which says that no NATO bases will be created in the countries of the former Warsaw Pact. It is not a contract, but It was a contract. For this reason, I think, to preserve the unity of the Commonwealth, the vast number of countries will not support the deployment of NATO bases closer to Russia's borders, "said Hodges, reports RIA" Novosti ". Before the Russian foreign Ministry said that the deployment of military equipment in the United States on the "Eastern flank" of NATO would undermine a key provision of the Founding act Russia - NATO from 1997. At the NATO conference, which was held in September 2014 in Wales, the allies adopted the So-called " Plan of action for maintaining readiness ", the necessity of which the Alliance justified the situation around Ukraine. So, were strengthened mission air patrol the Baltic States, aircraft with radar equipment make regular flights over Poland and Romania, introduced additional NATO ships in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. In addition, the Alliance said about the increase in the constant presence of staff, program expansion exercises, strengthening early warning systems and strengthen the capacity of response forces.